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PETITION TO OPPOSE GATE GASOLINE STATION-CONVENIENCE STORE
Gate is planning to build a 14-pump gasoline station and 6400 square-foot convenience store next to the Beach Diner and across the street from the SaltAir residential neighborhood.
Both the Charter and the City Ordinances dictate that commercial development shall have no adverse impact to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Gate has been issued a site permit on February 9th. We intend to appeal this permit because of the devastating and negative impact it will have on our city.
- Dangerous Traffic Problems - Sturdivant Street is a narrow residential street used by many children and adults as a path to the beach and the Town Center. Atlantic Beach Elementary is a block away as is the Community Presbyterian Pre-K School.
- Crime 24/7 – Gate’s 24/7 convenience store will bring potential crime and transients into the area. Convenience stores are known for their high rate of robberies and homicides.
- Property Values – Some studies have shown that property values will decrease by 20%. SaltAir will possibly become a low-rent area as homeowners will leave the neighborhood.
- Environment - Hazardous gasoline released into the air and soil and water will be very dangerous to the health of the residents, especially children.
- Threat to Local Businesses - The Beach Diner and the S&L and King convenience stores and Mobil and Shell Gas stations will be negatively affected by Gate.
- Character of the Community - Atlantic Beach is a beautiful and quiet seaside community and its character needs to be protected and preserved. The City Council in 2001 proposed for the area from Ocean Boulevard to Sailfish to remain in keeping with the vision of Town Center with nice restaurants and shops and no gasoline stations on Atlantic Boulevard. Unfortunately, the zoning was never changed to protect the neighborhood.
The City Commission has the right and the responsibility to protect its residents from the negative impact that this Gate project would have on both the SaltAir neighborhood and on the entire community of Atlantic Beach. The City Commissioners are required by code to protect the safety, health and the well-being of its citizens! Help us to keep our City a beautiful and peaceful seaside community!
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